This is the German variant of the Sea Hawk, so it is very similar to Trumpeter’s earlier Royal Navy FGA Mk 6 issue, with a different rear fuselage moulded to model the taller tail and the prominent dorsal bulge of the Mk 101. Disappointingly, the kit does not include the Ekco radar array, which was housed in an enlarged drop tank style pod mounted on the inner starboard weapons pylon. This is the main difference between the German and Royal Navy version, and is why the tail was enlarged, to restore adequate longitudinal stability. The radar was only briefly used in service, since it had such a very large power draw that other services were cut back, making the aircraft harder to handle, especially in poor weather conditions. Although strictly correct, to claim this kit covers both the Mk 100 day fighter and Mk 101 bad-weather reconnaissance machines is rather unfair in my view. I’d expect to get the Ekco pod. Since German machines were often fitted with four underwing tanks, that would also have been a useful option, in place of the 3″ RPs which I think were an RN fit only, not used by the Bundesmarine.
As with the FGA Mk 6, the moulding is grey plastic with finely recessed surface detail. The forward fuselage and centre section mould is split horizontally, which facilitates the building of the complicated wheel well and lower centre section detail which is a prominent feature of the underside of any Sea Hawk.
A superbly made etched brass instrument panel with raised bezels, plus instrument film, is provided, with a rather too small plastic panel to back it. The cockpit has a number of small switch and control boxes distributed around its walls. These have been cannon troughs on the lower fuselage, a prominent feature of any Sea Hawk, are slightly too shallow as moulded, so some careful drilling and filing is required to improve those. The main wheel well walls and centre section have been moulded as separate elements with lots of surface detail, piping & wiring, and fit into the lower fuselage half. The fit of the front fuselage sections is good. Care is needed, but rescribing. The jet exhaust pen nib fairings were harder to deal with, a struggle to fill and sand because they are concave surfaces and hard to access. Separately moulded thin plates to cover the pen nibs would have helped greatly here. The wings assemble very cleanly, allowance being made for either folded or spread wings, with both drop tanks and rockets included.
The nose undercarriage bay is a rather complex construction, which needs care and some dry fitting to ensure a good fit. The noseleg is moulded already attached to the wheel well floor. Since in my previous build I felt the final attitude was too nose up, I cut the leg off and drilled out a location hole. This made construction easier and safer, with less chance of breaking off the leg. The final aircraft sit looked better to me.
Clearances in the front fuselage are tight. It required care to fit in enough noseweight around and under the cockpit tub, but I managed to fit some lead shot either side of the nose bay and some flat lead sheet below the tub and in the ejection seat pan. 32 grams was more than enough, so I probably was over generous estimating the weight of the revised tail section. The 20mm filler was only needed across a small gap at the nose and at the intakes. The rear fuselage attachment is harder. Trumpeter have sensibly made the fuselage break at a joint in the full size machine. A good fit all round a perfect cylinder is difficult, and I deliberately avoided any step on top of the fuselage, which left some sanding work on the underside. Sanding and filling removed this with some loss of detail, soon corrected with light ailerons are moulded in, flaps and airbrakes are separate pieces. The Sea Hawk had an unusual split surface airbrake arrangement, the flaps acting as the lower part. Since I was modelling this machine with wings spread and there is nice inside surface detail, I elected to deploy the brakes. This looks rather odd, with an empty cockpit of course. Most unlikely in practice unless some maintenance was in progress. Note that the upper panels should deflect less than the lower.
Decals are provided for three schemes, two Bundesmarine in extra dark grey and white, the third being an Indian Navy example in their dark grey and sky scheme. I chose a Bundesmarine machine for this build, with standard drop tanks.
Once complete, the clean lines of the Sea Hawk make for a pleasing model. Although there were some awkward elements during the build, it was definitely worthwhile. Recommended.
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